The Office of Advancement at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee works with alumni, friends, and donors to support students, faculty, research, and outreach initiatives at the university. Your gift of cash, property, or service plays a key role in the future development of academic programs, scholarships, and facilities and infrastructure support.
Donors and friends of USFSM are our most important asset. Whether you choose to make a single gift now, a multi-year pledge, or include USF Sarasota-Manatee in your estate planning, we can help you meet your needs and make a difference to USFSM.
Private philanthropy at USFSM is the engine for progress in scholarship, research, outreach, and more. Support for new and existing programs and initiatives made possible by our family of donors touches the lives of untold thousands here on campus and across the region, the nation, and the world.
As a donor to USF Sarasota-Manatee, you join thousands of others who have given their time, money, and talent to promote and sustain our mission; each and every one who gives to USF Sarasota-Manatee becomes a partner in our enterprise of delivering higher education to desirous and deserving students.
Please consider helping us invent the future by making a gift to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
For more information about ways to give to USFSM, please contact:
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
8350 N. Tamiami Trail | Sarasota, FL 34243
Meet the Team
Lee Williams, CFRE
Vice Chancellor for AdvancementWith more than 25 years of front-line fundraising and advancement leadership experience in both public and private universities, Lee launched a consulting group called “Williams & Associates” (W&A) in 2015.
Through W&A, Lee provides relationship building knowledge and solution based experience– derived first hand–for a variety of clients. Most recently, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University hired Lee to lead their advancement efforts, on a term basis, as Interim Senior Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations.
Throughout her career, Lee has held progressively higher development leadership positions and has participated as a teammate and team leader to achieve multimillion dollar campaign goals. Her experience includes the following universities: Mississippi State University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of South Florida, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education, an M. S. in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) through the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Mr. Paul Bova
Director of Development for University Advancement
As Director of Development for the Office of University Advancement, Paul Bova oversees major gifts and fundraising at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Previously the director of major gifts at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Bova came to USFSM with 15 years of development and fundraising experience in higher education.
During his time at Florida Gulf Coast, Bova played a key role in assisting FGCU to surpass its $100 million fundraising campaign by $20 million. Earlier, as senior director of development at the Florida Southwestern State College Foundation, he contributed significantly to the university’s goal to secure funding support for the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers.
Before that achievement, Bova served on a team at Norwich University in central Vermont that raised more than $175 million in 12 years for the university. Bova graduated from NU with a bachelor’s of science degree in communications.
“I am excited to be a part of the team and look forward to working with everyone on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. This institution is held in such high esteem by the community and region, so I feel very fortunate to be a member of the USFSM family.”
Ms. Lindsey Stevens
Director of Development and Alumni Affairs
Lindsey Stevens serves as director of development and alumni affairs for the Office of University Advancement. Experienced in fundraising, alumni affairs, public relations and external affairs, Stevens has worked in higher education since 2009 when she served in public relations and alumni affairs at the University of Florida’s College of Nursing.
She soon rose to an executive position at UF’s College of Journalism and Communications, serving as assistant director of development and alumni affairs, and in 2014 was tapped to serve as director of development and external affairs at UF’s College of Public Health and Health Professions.
In that capacity, she helped raise close to $5 million for the University of Florida. She also oversaw strategic alumni engagement opportunities to deepen the connections between graduates and the university’s colleges of Public Health and Health Professions and Journalism and Communications. Stevens is a graduate of the University of Florida.
“The most rewarding part of working in development is the people, their stories, and helping them achieve something so meaningful to them. Whether it is a scholarship being awarded to a student or the launch of a new center or program, to be a part of the process and to know that these gifts are making a difference is so gratifying.”
Mr. Michael Ayres
Assistant Director of Development
As assistant director of development in the Office of University Advancement, Michael Ayres has led and supported the office’s management, budgeting, strategic planning, research and team-building efforts since 2005.
An experienced development professional, Ayres has cultivated and helped sustain the university’s oldest and most valued donor relationships. He has overseen annual fundraisers such as the Giving Challenge and led campaigns to support veteran scholarships, the USFSM Student Research Facility at Mote Marine Laboratory, the faculty research labs at USFSM, the USFSM Veteran Success Center, and the Culinary Innovation Lab, among others.
Ayres received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and public administration from USF Sarasota-Manatee and a Master of Education (M.Ed.), in instructional technology from the University of South Florida.
“It’s so rewarding to see a student realize their dream of earning a college degree because of the work our office does. Establishing relationships with community partners who want to help our students accomplish their dreams is the best part of my job.”
Ms. Pam Gleason
Executive Administrative Assistant and Development Specialist
Pamela Gleason serves as an executive administrative assistant and development specialist in the Office of Advancement. Gleason has assisted the regional vice chancellor for advancement, as well as the directors of development, in the office’s day-to-day operations since 2005.
A Certified Administrative Professional, Gleason maintains the office’s prospect, donor and event databases, assists in nearly all event planning, including commencement and major fundraising events, and supports the office’s search committees and work-study programs to benefit USF Sarasota-Manatee students.
Gleason has been a Certified Professional Secretary since 1998 and previously worked
as an executive assistant and office manager at the not-for-profit Council on the
Study of Religion, Inc., in Valparaiso, Ind. She has attended business classes at
both State College of Florida (Bradenton) and Valparaiso University.
“I absolutely love working with our supporters. They are passionate, kind, generous and really understand our unique mission in serving local students who want to become just like them someday. It’s awesome to be able to match students with financial needs with people who can help meet those needs.”
The USF Foundation is a not-for-profit entity authorized to accept, invest, and distribute private gifts on behalf of the University of South Florida System. USF relies on private support–gifts from alumni, parents and friends, as well as grants from corporations and foundations–to support every aspect of its mission as a multi-campus, national research university strongly committed to the balanced pursuit of excellent teaching, significant research, and useful public service.
For more than 50 years, the USF Foundation has served as the fiduciary for the philanthropic support provided by alumni and friends to support USF as it touches countless lives in our community, region, and the world.
For more information about the USF Foundation, please contact:
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
8350 N. Tamiami Trail | Sarasota, FL 34243